Up the Yangtze (2007)
I have seen a wonderful documentary from Yung Chang, Up the Yangtze. This comes highly recommended from Metacritic. It has a score of 84. That is great in my book.
It tells the story of a peasant family living in the banks of the river Yangtze in a little town called Fengdu. The story focuses on a young girl, Yu Shui as she has aspirations to go college and become a scientist. However, her parents cannot read or write and had to depend on the vanishing farmland to survive. She is forced to take up a job at a cruise ship to support her family. She has to Americanize her name to Cindy and learn to speak English.
It’s so hearbreaking her story. People that living in the lowline areas of the Yangtze have to move to higher land because the Three Gorges Dam– used for hydroelectric power– need the powerful currents to run.
This documentray tells alot about the industralization of Chinese culture to an American way of life. The class differences between the peasants and the rest of modern Chinese society. Also, change could adversely affect people’s live.
This is a must see.
My rating: ***** stars.